The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, JULY 9, 1915. SWANS ON LAKE ELLESMERE.
Dβ B M. Moorbouse's letter in yes terday'a "Press" dealing with, the swan drive on Lake Ellesmere misses one of the chief benefits to be obtained from tbe drive. He alludea to the fact that for their weight swans give little food, and says that it would ba more economical to purobase sheep. Settlers about the Lake have baen contending for years that tbe swans eat too much of the ducka' food as they increase rapidly owing to tbe fee!; that they are not so palatable as ducks It may be remembered that settlers about the Lake have made several efforts to persuade the Canter bury Acclimatisation Society to con sent to a proposal that the swans' eggs be collected and sent to Christohurch to be used foe confectionery purposes. Tbe idea was that the swans would be reduced in numbers in tbat way, and that the ducka would have mere food, Frozen swang make good eating, and while helping the Belgians, those par rieipating in the drive will also have the knowledge that they are belpicg to establish tho wild duck more firmly on Lake Ellesmere. Tbe drive on Satur day wag responsible for the capture of 900 more swans, making a total of 1400 in two days,
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The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, JULY 9, 1915. SWANS ON LAKE ELLESMERE.,
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3473, 9 July 1915